The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is extremely sad to announce the loss of Dutch mountain bike rider Annefleur Kalvenhaar.
The 20-year-old Focus XC Team rider fell on August 22, 2014, at the cross-country Eliminator qualifying rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Méribel, France. She was transferred to the intensive care unit at the Grenoble CHU, but despite all efforts died this morning.
UCI President Brian Cookson said : “I’m devastated to hear that the cycling family has lost one of its members at such a young age. Our deepest thoughts are with her family and friends”."
Tragic news, a reminder of how dangerous cycling can be, and that riders risk so much for our entertainment. Annefleur was the u23 European Cyclocross Champion, a huge talent. My thoughts with her friends, family and loved ones.
5.1.048 For all events scheduled on one day, the order of events must be as follows:
1 Men juniors
2 Men under 23
4 Men elite
(article introduced on 16.06.14)
This might be my favorite rule of the year. No longer will the women’s field (or any field for that matter) be at the whim of a promoters preference. It seemed many who disliked being required to host a women’s race for a C1 event decided it was often appropriate to schedule the women’s race first, often at 10am. Sometimes this early start time meant officials were not ready to register riders until shortly before the event was due to start. For many who double up their duties helping both genders (this author included) this comes as a welcome change."
Really interesting analysis of the new rules brought in for cyclocross - have a look